As one of Australia’s greatest singer-songwriters, Paul Kelly’s songs are deeply engrained into the Australian psyche. A poet and a storyteller, his stories are synonymous with our landscape, history and lifestyle. Paul has just released his latest record, Life Is Fine, one of his strongest and most evocative albums to date. The 10-time ARIA Award winner has achieved his first ever number one album after almost 40 years as a recording artist. His influential career includes 23 studio albums, several film soundtracks, live albums, a feature-length documentary and a critically acclaimed memoir. Hit songs include the likes of Before Too Long, Darling It Hurts, Dumb Things, To Her Door and How To Make Gravy. In 1997 following the release of his compilation album Songs From The South, which peaked at number two in Australia and is certified quadruple platinum, Paul was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. One of our most revered and respected performers, Paul Kelly continues to cross musical boundaries and influence the next generation of Australian musicians.
Steve Earle is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter whose albums seamlessly blend rock, folk and country. Lauded as one of America’s greatest living storytellers, he is equally acclaimed as a folk troubadour, a rockabilly raver, a contemplative bluesman, a honky-tonk rounder, a snarling rocker and even a bluegrass practitioner. Add record producer, author and actor to his extensive CV, as well as collaborations with Sheryl Crow, The Indigo Girls, The Pogues, Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin, Patti Smith, Chris Hillman, The Fairfield Four and The Del McCoury Band. His songs have been used in more than fifty films and have been recorded by such legends such as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Carl Perkins, Vince Gill and Waylon Jennings. Since his 1986 breakthrough album Guitar Town, Steve has released 16 studio albums including his latest recording So You Wanna Be An Outlaw.
Australian trio Middle Kids released their debut, self-titled EP in February 2017 just days after making their first live television appearance with single Edge Of Town on US talk show Conan. With host Conan O’Brien calling them “fantastic” and “brilliant”, and Sir Elton John declaring himself a fan, the song has accrued a staggering five million plays on Spotify! Led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Hannah Joy, with Tim Fitz (producer and multi-instrumentalist) and Harry Day (drums) rounding out the band, Middle Kids combine echoes of the female-fronted indie rock bands of the ’90s and early 2000s, like Sleater-Kinney, The Breeders and Belly. Middle Kids shine especially bright live with their anthemic sound, soaring melodic vocals, irresistible hooky tunes and wide-eyed optimism and joy.
FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER